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Motorsport UK bans Russian, Belarus drivers from racing in Britain

Formulation 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will not be ready to race in the British Grand Prix on his Russian license immediately after Motorsport United kingdom on Wednesday banned Russian and Belarusian license holders from racing amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The shift by Britain’s motor racing federation comes a day right after the sport’s governing physique FIA said Russian and Belarusian drivers would be authorized to compete in a “neutral capability” underneath an “FIA flag” next an amazing assembly of its Planet Motor Sport Council (WMSC).

By concentrating on the nationality of the licenses, Motorsport UK’s final decision will quit Russian and Belarusian motorists from racing in Britain, no matter of the flag they compete less than.

“We stand united with the persons of Ukraine and the motorsport community adhering to the invasion and the unacceptable actions that have unfolded,” reported Motorsport United kingdom Chair David Richards, who attended Tuesday’s WMSC conference, in a statement.

“This is a time for the international motorsport local community to act and demonstrate assistance for the folks of Ukraine and our colleagues at the Federation Vehicle d’Ukraine (FAU).”

Motorsport Uk stated its selection was created in full session with the British Government and national sports governing bodies.

Mazepin, the only Russian on the Components One grid, presently faces an uncertain foreseeable future following his U.S.-owned Haas team eliminated all branding related to Russian potash producer and title sponsor Uralkali on the final working day of past week’s Barcelona check.

Uralkali is owned by Mazepin’s father, oligarch Dmitry Mazepin, and the destiny of the partnership and the Russian’s ongoing presence at the workforce is established to be resolved this 7 days.

Motorsport United kingdom also announced a ban on Russian and Belarusian-accredited teams competing in the Uk.

It banned the display of Russian or Belarusian national symbols, colours or flags, even on crew uniforms, machines and vehicles, at Motorsport Uk-permitted functions.

The organization’s go raises the prospect of other nationwide motorsport federations making use of related constraints for their house Formula 1 races.

The British Grand Prix is scheduled for July 3 at Silverstone.

Belarus has been a essential staging region for the Russian invasion.

Russia phone calls its actions in Ukraine a “specific procedure.”